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The Morning Wrap: India's Population Boom; PM Modi's American Dream

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26/06/2017 9:41 AM IST | Updated 26/06/2017 9:55 AM IST
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The United Nations released the 2017 Revision to its World Population Prospects recently, and the data has some surprising insights about the way India's population is set to grow in the next few decades.

The captain of India's women's cricket team, Mithali Raj, set the bar for coolness for fellow sports persons by several notches higher. On being asked about her favourite male player, she slammed a journalist, and then she was spotted reading a book before going on the field to bat and set a world record.

Kochi Metro made a positive splash by employing over 20 transgender people in its services, but within a week 8 of them have quit their jobs, unable to find accommodation for themselves in the city. Changing the law is only a baby step towards empowerment.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy wooing Indians in the diaspora, whom he called "members of family" at a meeting in Virginia, during his tour of the US. He spoke about India's surgical strikes in Uri, terrorism, and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's good work, among other subjects.

Another edition of the prime minister's radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat, another opportunity lost. While PM Modi spoke on a range of subjects—from the etymology of a word to the weather—he decided to avoid the most troubling aspects of our democracy in this monthly public address.

US President Donald J Trump will be meeting PM Modi at the White House in Washington DC today where they plan to discuss strategic issues relevant to their respective nations and ways of building stronger ties with each other.

Off The Front Page

Kidambi Srikanth, one of India's most promising badminton stars, is on a roll, as he defeated world champion Chen Long to win the Australia Open Super Series title in Sydney.

The Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, the largest Muslim organisation in India, has cancelled its annual Id Milan, citing "the current communal atmosphere in the country", plagued by recent incidents of mob lynchings.

A last-minute holiday turned into a horrific tragedy for a family from Nagpur based in Delhi for the past few years. A tree fell on their cable car in Gulmarg, Kashmir, plunging them, and several others, to their deaths.

Opinion

India's policy makers must plan for the next few decades, as the country is headed to becoming the most populous nation in the world by 2050, writes Leela Visaria in the Hindustan Times.

The circumstances of the rise and fall of Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick hold a lesson for our troubled times, especially for corporates and their values, says an editorial in Mint.

In 'Worm's Eye View', her column in The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee analyses the latest "ideological somersault" executed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the selection of candidates for the presidential elections.

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